TV Ratings Sunday: Football Beats Baseball,'Revenge' & 'The Mentalist' Up, 'Once Upon A Time & '666 Park Avenue' Down

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October 15th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/14 2.7/7 2.2/6 2.1/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/14 2.5/7 1.5/4 1.6/5 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.703 8.078 10.412 7.010 2.906


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (Football Overtime) FOX (NFL Overtime and MLB Baseball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Packers/Texans)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 6.9 adults 18-49  rating, up 11% from last week's 6.2 fast nationals.

On FOX, NFL Overrun earned a 6.2 adults 18-49 rating. The OT earned a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. The MLB Baseball playoffs earned a 1.9 among adults 18-49.

On ABC,  America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 7%  from last week's 1.5. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% from last week's 3.4. Most of your predictions were a little optimistic.  Revenge scored a 2.7 ,up 4% from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.5 down 12% from last week's 1.7 rating

On CBS, the start of all primetime shows were delayed approximately 22 minutes due to Football overtime, increasing the likelihood that the ratings will be adjusted in the finals. From 7-8PM,  60 Minutes/Football earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 3.6. The Amazing Race matched last week's 2.6adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife scored a  1.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The Mentalist earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 25% from last week's series low of  1.6.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football -Live 6.2/18 17.05
CBS Football Overrun - Live/60 Minutes 2.6/7 12.56
NBC Football Night in America Past 1 - Live 1.9/5 5.73
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/4 5.77
7:30 FOX The OT - Live 4.4/12 11.59
NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.3/9 9.08
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live  5.3/14 14.23
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0/7 9.14
FOX MLB Baseball: Cardinals at Giants (8-11PM) - Live 1.9/5 6.00
CBS The Amazing Race 2.6/6 9.42
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Packers at Texans  Live (8:30-11PM) 6.9/16 17.72
9:00 ABC Revenge 2.7/6 8.21
CBS The Good Wife 1.7/4 9.04
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.0/5 10.62
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.5/4 4.92

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    rob60990 is correct. 666 Park Ave and Last Resort are falling between Charlie’s Angels which lasted 7 episodes and Pan Am that lasted 14.

  • wn

    Feeling better about The Mentalist.

  • Joe

    i don’t think 666 will make it to november sweeps. 1.5 is pretty bad for ABC.

  • RyanCanada

    Yay for revenge

  • enes

    I think 666 Park Avenue it’s a great show ! And we all know that spot is difficult for ABC plus it’s on 10/9 c ! Anyway i love this show the cast and the storylines ! Im enjoying this sunday schedule of abc this year with OUAT Revenge and 666 Park Avenue

    Oh P.s if ABC cancels 666 Park Avenue maybe The CW might pick it up , i mean why not it is produced by The WB and Alloy Entertainment a working duo that has and had a lot of show’s there like : The Vapire Diaries/ The Secret Circle/Gossip Girl ecc And plus Supernatural works good for them maybe this show could too !

  • eridapo

    If ABC cancels 666 right now, what does ABC replace it with. ABC does not a have a show ready to take over the slot, so it is best to wait another 3 to 4 weeks before pulling the trigger. Are they in any rush? nope. If anything, the folks at ABC are too busy figuring out what to do about DWTS. This All-Star cycle is a failure, and the spring cycle could see another 15% ratings drop.

  • Kavyn

    I’m hoping they at least finish airing 666 (and Last Resort) up to midseason. I’m really surprised at how poorly both shows are doing, I think they (along with Arrow and Nashville) are the best new shows this year.

  • Ultima

    Can someone tell me when the last episode of Fringe airs? December, January or February?


  • eridapo

    @ Mike

    I just checked and there is nothing there…

    the only thing concerning ABC was that it bought a “Dramedy Soap From Fake Empire”

  • Dan S

    If ABC has nothing right now to replace 666 their in a lot worse shape than I thought possible. NBC on the other hand has wisely stockpiled backup shows ready to replace low rated turkeys like AP. I can’t figure out why they haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

  • Ultima

    Fox may want to consider bailing on the LCS next.

    They already did. They have a new contract with MLB where they pick up the division series associated with their CS, but they’re moving them to what is currently Speed (it will be rebranded).

    They will still have the All-Star Game, the World Series and regular season Saturday baseball on FOX.

    Also, the postseason has to be realigned next year (because of the wild card playoffs), so I expect FOX will switch back to a Sunday (maybe Saturday) start for the World Series, which will be massive reduce the schedule impact (especially for The X Factor).

  • Ultima

    which will be massive reduce

    which will massively reduce


  • Joe

    where on Deadline does it say ABC cancels 666 park avenue? I can’t find it.

  • Ultima

    i don’t think 666 will make it to november sweeps.

    What is ABC going to replace it with? They’re not going to premiere a new show next week without any promotion. Body of Proof?

  • peter

    OUAT was competing against NFL and baseball in ratings so was very good i think !!

  • Ryan

    Yay for Revenge and I’m glad TGW is remaining steady even if it is really low.

  • Tyson

    Speed will eventually become Fox Sports 1. Speed, the motorsports-focused channel, lost Formula 1 after more than 15 years to NBC/NBC Sports Network. We’ll see what happens with Nascar.

    Fox wants to build a competitor to ESPN, in addition to its regional sports networks and baseball is a good place to begin. Fox will air fewer Saturday games, 14 instead of 26, as part of its new contract. I believe FS1 will be the beneficiary.

  • Tyson

    I don’t see anything about 666 Park Avenue being canceled. Cancellation Bear will feast on it sooner or later but the time has seemingly not yet come.

  • eridapo

    i don’t think 666 will make it to november sweeps.

    What is ABC going to replace it with? They’re not going to premiere a new show next week without any promotion. Body of Proof?

    Exactly. ABC had a terrible pilot development cycle 2011/12 season. Body of Proof is the only show they brought back for mid-season replacement, and it is not ready to begin airing episodes right now. At the earliest, it would be mid-november before it could take over.

  • Ultima

    We’ll see what happens with Nascar

    FOX renewed their NASCAR contract through 2022.

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